LIAT and pilots reach agreement

The management of regional carrier LIAT and representatives of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) have struck a deal, ending a three-day impasse over a demand for increased pay by the pilots.

According to Antigua Observer, Captain Carl Burke, President of LIALPA, confirmed that a Consent Order was signed just before 6 pm yesterday between LIALPA and LIAT’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Julie Reifer-Jones.

The order outlines an agreement on the payment terms for extra money to fly the larger planes and retroactive pay.

According to Captain Burke, this means LIALPA’s membership will immediately resume flying the ATR 72s which LIALPA had instructed them not to fly from June 7 up until yesterday.

The agreement will be formalised today, at 10 am in the Industrial Court.

Earlier yesterday, LIAT’s management issued a statement in response to Captain Burke’s claim that some pilots had been deliberately left stranded because of the stance they took to force management to honour an earlier deal over pay for flying the aircraft which carries more passengers than the Dash 8s, which were previously used.

The captain had advised the pilots not to fly to any destination that would result in them having to remain away from home.


  1. Anonymous
    June 11, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Why can the government or the private sector invest in a more reliable efficient sea transportation service?

    1. Anonymous
      June 11, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Because people want to get to their destinations quickly. Would you rather take a 15 minute flight or 1 hours 30 minute boat ride to Martinique?

  2. Anonymous
    June 11, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Anyone that has ever flown Liat knows that it is the absolute worst airline in the world! I have tried them twice and both times got stuck for over 24 hours in a location I never intended to be. Then they take over 6 months to compensate for your loss. And when they do finally get around to compensating you, they do not compensate the fair amount. Do not ever fly this airline! Go online and read the reviews and you’ll see what I’m saying. Avoid them at all cost!